Martin Henderson Cast as Series Regular on Grey’s Anatomy Season 12

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Martin Henderson is scrubbing back into Shondaland.

The New Zealand native, who starred as Dr. Ben Keeton on the short-lived Off the Map, has signed on as a series regular on Grey's Anatomy Season 12.

Little is known about the new character, except that he will be a surgeon of some kind.

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Henderson, of course, is essentially coming on board as a replacement for Patrick Dempsey's Derek Shepherd, who was killed off toward the end of Season 11 after getting slammed into by an 18-wheeler.

Fans are still trying to process the loss.

Henderson, who most recently appeared in SundanceTV’s The Red Road, will likely make his debut on the Grey’s Anatomy‘s Season 12 premiere. It airs on Thursday, Septemner 24 at 8/7c.

What do you think of this casting selection?

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